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2015 NFL Free Agency: Cap casualty Anthony Fasano could be a fit with the Steelers

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Pittsburgh still needs a reliable long-term option at tight end, one they may explore in the upcoming draft, but Fasano could be a solid plan B should talks with pending free agent Matt Spaeth break down.

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Injuries plus a rising prospect on the depth chart plus a $2 million salary will almost always result in a release.

The Chiefs released veteran tight end Anthony Fasano Thursday in an expected move to free up salary cap space and to promote the continued growth of Travis Kelce.

Fasano fought through an injury-plagued 2014 season as Kelce made highlight-reel plays frequently.

The Steelers have something of a future need at the tight end position, one that's likely to be addressed during the draft. With both back-ups to Heath Miller - Matt Spaeth and Michael Palmer - scheduled to reach free agency March 10, Fasano may draw some interest from the Steelers down the line.

Odds appear better the team will negotiate a deal with Spaeth and address the future of the position in the draft, but Fasano's well-rounded game (when healthy) may be worth bringing into the mix.

Fasano had four touchdowns on 29 catches for the Chiefs, a team that struggled to produce touchdown catches from its wide receivers. Kelce stole the receiving show in Kansas City, and while it would appear Fasano would be more of a stop-gap rather than a long-term plan, he may be worth a look.